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Troy C. “Rusty” Starnes

starnesTroy C. “Rusty” Starnes, age 61, of Erwin, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at his residence. Rusty was a son of the late Troy Cecil Starnes, Sr. and JoAnn Adkins Starnes. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and watching his children play basketball and softball. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing, walking and truly loved the outdoors. Rusty was an artist and enjoyed painting and pencil drawing. He played the drums in high school as well as in later years. In addition to his father, Rusty was preceded in death by one daughter: Lori Starnes.



Troy C. “Rusty” Starnes has left behind to cherish his memory:

Wife: Elizabeth Howze Starnes, of Erwin

Daughters: Katrina Edwards and husband Russell, of Erwin

Bonnie Starnes Dillon and husband Trey, of Erwin

Natalie Starnes, of Piney Flats

Ashley Starnes, of Erwin

Daisy Carathers and husband Jacob, of Erwin

Son: Noah Starnes, of Erwin

Sisters: Shirley Lewis and husband Kenneth, of Jonesborough

Judy Bennett and husband Keith, of Jonesborough

Nephews: Timothy Lewis and wife Dee, of Jonesborough

Chad Bennett and wife Cheryl, of Jonesborough

Niece: Leigh Haun and husband Randy of Jonesborough

Great-Nieces: Haley Derry and husband Nathan

Megan Haun

Great-Nephew: Jake Haun

Grand Children: Derrick Peterson

Carter Edwards

Lincoln Carathers

Hudson Dillon


The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Troy C. “Rusty” Starnes in a memorial service to be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church, 540 Adams Street, Erwin. Dr. John Kuhne and Reverend Curtis Engle will officiate. A visitation period to share memories and show support to the family will begin at 11:00 AM and will continue until service time on Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church.


Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Troy C. “Rusty” Starnes through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.